Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Our October Meeting

Rumy Hasan of the University of Sussex, and author of Multiculturalism: Some Inconvenient Truths will revisit a lecture he gave to the Ethical Society at Conway Hall in March. The title of his lecture is: Religion, Identity and Psychic Detachment: Exploring some Consequences.

By 'psychic detachment' he means a mode of thinking whereby immigrants are alienated from their host society as if they are living elsewhere. This can be associated with segregation, which facilitates the formation of a heightened religious identity.

He looks at the political consequences of multicultural policies, and the way this has been exploited by extremists, and advocates a focus on increasing integration to promote social cohesion.

This meeting is from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday 11 October at the White Rock Hotel. Admission is £2.

Rumy Hasan is Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit: Profile.

Addendum: 23 October. I was extremely disappointed and discouraged by the poor attendance of our members at the October meeting. The speaker deserved a much better turnout. Fortunately four non-members made the number more respectable.

There is an excellent article about Dr Hasan and his book in
The Freethinker
Spotted by our Twitter editor Duncan.